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Ingredient Type: Constituent

Also Known As: Psi, Psi-carotene

Lycopene is a bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment found in red fruits and vegetables.  It is not an essential nutrient for humans, but it has been shown to help protect the body from cellular damage.  Lycopene is an antioxidant.  It fights free radicals, which cause cell and tissue damage.

Lycopene is used broadly in health supplements today as a powerful antioxidant that seems particularly beneficial to urinary and prostate health.


In the meantime see the MedlinePlus entry for lycopene, the Michigan Medicine Health Library entry for lycopene, the entry for lycopene, or the RXList entry for lycopene for more information.